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Now, Indian batsmen not only baffled by pitch but also new ball!

Last updated on: February 07, 2014 14:49 IST

Now, Indian batsmen not only baffled by pitch but also new ball!

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At a loss to explain India's poor batting in the ongoing first Test against New Zealand, opener Murali Vijay said more than the pitch, it is the new ball that is hurting willow-wielders on both sides.

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The Kiwis piled up 503 runs in their first innings and reduced India to 130 for four by the end of the second day.

But Vijay felt the new ball is affecting batsmen of both the teams equally.

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"If you see both the innings so far, the new ball did the trick for bowlers in both teams. More than the pitch or conditions, it is the new ball.

"Initially it tends to swing a bit more, and once it gets older it becomes much easier to bat. That is what is happening in the middle. Hopefully, Rohit (Sharma) and Ajinkya (Rahane) can build a big partnership," said Vijay.


Image: India's Murali Vijay reacts after being bowled out
Photographs: Nigel Marple/Reuters

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'Maybe in the next innings we can play better'

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The opener scored 26 runs, stemming the collapse after Shikhar Dhawan (0), Cheteshwar Pujara (1) and Virat Kohli (4) were sent back with only 10 runs on the board.

India need to score another 304 runs to get past the home team.

He built a partnership with Rohit, but was undone when a brilliant delivery from left-arm seamer Neil Wagner knocked back his off-stump.

"The New Zealand bowlers were obviously swinging the ball. But we could have played much better. Maybe in the next innings we can do that," he said.

Asked about the delivery that got him out, Vijay replied, "I just need to get it off my system. I think I batted well; I was feeling good inside. I just wanted to have a partnership with Rohit. That was the plan. But it couldn't go my way.

"The pitch is still very good for batting. So I am hoping we can go close to their score and put pressure on them," he added.


Image: India's Ajinkya Rahane (right) and Rohit Sharma
Photographs: Nigel Marple/Reuters

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'McCullum batted brilliantly'

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New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum was given a fair share of the credit for the tall score awaiting India, as he hit his second Test double hundred against his favoured opposition.

"When someone bats like that, you cannot do much as a bowler. Brendon batted brilliantly for them. I thought there were times when he could get out, but he just carried on and got a biggie.

"You have to admire it even more then, because the way he plays his shots and the confidence he has in himself. It is a great thing to watch.

"We did bowl well, according to our plans, but he batted brilliantly," added Vijay.


Image: Brendon McCullum of New Zealand celebrates his century in Auckland
Photographs: Phil Walter/Getty Images

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